29th July 2020

Father sanctioned with 10 year ban for helping son to dope

Former Olympic cyclist Johann Lienhart has been sanctioned with a ten year ban for helping his son, Florian Lienhart, to dope. The Austrian anti-doping rights commission (ÖADR) found (click here to download judgment) that Lienhart senior ‘encouraged, guided, and supported’ his son to commit anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs).

The ÖADR said that criminal investigations as part of ‘Operation Aderlass’ had revealed that Lienhart senior had obtained and supplied erythropoietin (EPO), Genotropin (a growth hormone), and testosterone gel between December 2018 and March 2019 for his son. Florian Lienhart, a triathlete, was sanctioned with a four year ban in February this year for an ADRV involving EPO, and investigations revealed he had also obtained and used Genotropin in Spring 2019. 

The ‘Operation Aderlass’ investigations into the customers of Dr. Mark Schmidt began after cross country skier Johannes Dürr confessed to using blood transfusions, erythropoietin (EPO) and growth hormones.  This led police to arrest nine people in a February 2019 raid, one of whom was caught red handed whilst receiving a blood transfusion.

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